Congratulations! You now have your own home nebulizer and can’t wait to use it. Then you use it and are able to enjoy clean and easy breathing again. As stated by WebMD.com, a nebulizer is described as a medical device that “changes medication from a liquid to a mist so that it can be more easily inhaled into the lungs.” The key word there is “device” which usually is usually in lockstep with “maintenance.”
As described in a previous post, using a nebulizer isn’t too complicated when the appropriate steps are followed. Medication is added to the nebulizer cup at the proper level, the nebulizer machine generates enough pressure to turn this medication into mist and is then delivered through a tube into and through a mask (or mouthpiece). The medication is inhaled and the user holds their breath for a set amount of time giving their lungs enough time to adsorb the medication. Patience compliance is enhanced because of the ease of use.
Maintaining a nebulizer system is just as critical as the nebulization process itself. Because liquid medication is used and passed through the system, it is critical a proper maintenance program is implemented to minimize risks of infection and cross contamination, further compromising overall health. Some guidance to consider while designing your maintenance program for your nebulizer:
- If you are using disposable nebulizer kits, make sure that after every use the nebulizer cup is rinsed and allowed to air dry with minimal exposure to dust.
- Tubing should be rinsed with mild soap and water and also allowed to air dry.
- Wipe down the nebulizer itself to keep potential contaminants off its surface and away from directly contacting nebulizer parts.
- If using reusable nebulizer kits, units can be immersed in boiling water for 10 minutes to heat sterilize. Caution – do not attempt to heat sterilize disposable nebulizer kits; they are not made of the same durable heat-resistant material reusable nebulizer kits are
- Also check the nebulizer unit’s filter and ensure it is free of dust and debris; change every 3-5 months or as per the manufacturer’s suggested interval
For more tips on maintaining your nebulizer, please free to give us a call at 877-520-5502. Only Nebulizers, nebulizer experts, has all the accessories including nebulizer masks, kits, tubing, medication cups, reusable nebulizer kits, and filters for almost all models. Don’t know which filter you need? Get the answer right away with our Nebulizer Filter Finder.